July 31, 2003CPSC, Firm Announce Recall of Voltage
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in
voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: Ideal Solenoid Voltage Testers
Units: About 122,000
Manufacturer: Ideal Industries Inc., of Sycamore, Ill.
Hazard: These testers can short out at high voltages. Consumers can suffer
Incidents/Injuries: Ideal has received 11 reports of these testers shorting
out at higher voltages, resulting in the faceplate blowing off the units.
Two users were burned when their units reportedly shorted out. One
reportedly sustained third-degree burns on his hands, forearms, neck and
face, while the other suffered second- and third-degree burns to his hands.
Description: These are Ideal voltage and voltage/continuity testers with
model numbers 61-065, 61-066, 61-067, 61-076, 61-079, and 61-080. "IDEAL"
and the model number are located on the front of the tester. The tester body
is yellow. The wire leads have one black and one red test probe. Recalled
units were manufactured between November 1999 and May 2002. Contact Ideal to
determine if your electrical tester is included in this recall.
Sold at: Electrical distributors, industrial distributors and home centers
nationwide between December 1999 and July 2003 for between $30 and $65.
Manufactured in: U.S.A. and Canada
Remedy: Contact Ideal to receive a free replacement tester.
Consumer Contact: Ideal toll-free at (877) 557-8598 between 7 a.m. and 5
p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Consumers also can access Ideal's Web site at
Media Contact: Glenn Hollister, of Ideal Industries Inc., (815) 895-1307 and
Jim MacMurdo, of Ideal Industries Inc., (815) 899-7779.